A WORDPRESS MAGAZINE THEME THAT PACKS A PUNCH
Magazine style themes work well for many types of website, especially if you need to have multiple categories clearly displayed to your users.
WooThemes is very strong in this area, with several magazine themes available. BoldNews is one of my favourites (I use it for this website).
Setting up BoldNews is straight-forward, simply download the zip and upload it via the appearance menu in WP dashboard. Once activated, you’ll be taken to the BoldNews settings area, where you can create the look and layout of the site and tweak the SEO settings.
While it’s more complex to set-up than WooTheme’s standard blogging themes, the interface is intuitive and shouldn’t give you too many headaches.
- Featured posts slider (tag based). These are always very useful for showing off top products. You will need to have 3 featured items before it starts working. And make sure you have a featured image for each post as well.
- Custom typography. In addition to the usual web-safe fonts, BoldNews includes Google font support, for complete design flexibility.
- Custom widget areas. 4 in the footer and 1 in the sidebar. WooTheme’s include Embed, Tabs, Search, Twitter and Author widgets as standard.
- Nine color styles.
- Built-in search engine optimization.
All in all I’ve been very happy using this theme, and wouldn’t change it for this site. I do like some of WooThemes other magazine style options, but BoldNews is, in my opinion, the best for showcasing products.